any of numerous small passerine birds of the family Fringillidae, including the buntings, sparrows, crossbills, purple finches, and grosbeaks, most of which have a short, conical bill adapted for eating seeds.
any of various nonfringilline birds, especially the weaverbirds of the family Ploceidae and the tropical members of the subfamily Emberizinae.

before 900; Middle English; Old English finc; cognate with Dutch vink, German Fink; akin to Greek spíngos finch Unabridged
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finch (fɪntʃ)
1.  any songbird of the family Fringillidae, having a short stout bill for feeding on seeds and, in most species, a bright plumage in the male. Common examples are the goldfinch, bullfinch, chaffinch, siskin, and canary
2.  any of various similar or related birds
Related: fringilline
[Old English finc; related to Old High German finko, Middle Dutch vinker, Greek spingos]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. finc, from P.Gmc. *finkiz, *finkjon (cf. Du. vink, O.H.G. finco, Ger. Fink), perhaps imitative of the bird's note (cf. Breton pint "chaffinch," Rus. penka "wren").
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Even some birds, such as the oxpecker and vampire finch, feed on blood.
The finch's beak, the giraffe's neck and sprinter's toes.
If you want to know how song changes the shape of a finch's brain, science can
Barely onto the tarmac, birders have their first sighting: a small ground finch.
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